A Rita Coolidge Christmas

A Rita Coolidge Christmas

by Rita Coolidge


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A Rita Coolidge Christmas

Rita Coolidge has never been the most prolific recording artist, and ever since her first album as a solo artist, 1971's self-titled Rita Coolidge from A&M Records, she has kept things at her own pace, releasing material when it most suits her. This holiday set, her first new album since 2005's And So Is Love, may seem at first glance to be just another seasonal release, the kind artists often do to fill a contract clause, but that wouldn't be quite true, since Coolidge has always had an affinity for Christmas music and stages tours and concerts during the holiday season most years, and this set reflects that. The sound here is warm, easy, and uplifting, with Coolidge's solid touring band (John McDuffie on guitar, John Thomas on keyboards, Lynn Coulter on drums, and Randy Landas on bass) delivering jazzy pop shuffles behind Coolidge's still sharp and clear singing. Highlights include warm, rhythmic takes on "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" and "Santa Baby," a New Orleans-styled "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," and Native American-rendered atmospheric versions of "Little Drummer Boy" and "Amazing Grace," although everything here fits and flows together like a bright and cozy holiday quilt.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/30/2012
Label: Savoy Jazz
UPC: 0795041789921
catalogNumber: 17899

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rita Coolidge   Primary Artist
John "J.T." Thomas   Keyboards
Lynn Coulter   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Randy Landas   Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
John "The Groover" McDuffie   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Lap Steel Guitar
Lynn Keller   Bass,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Rita Coolidge   Arranger,Composer
Harry Simeone   Composer
Priscilla Coolidge   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Joseph Beal   Composer
Felix Bernard   Composer
James Boothe   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Johnny Marks   Composer
Hugh Martin   Composer
Henry Onorati   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Randy Landas   Engineer
Philip Springer   Composer
David Alan Kogut   Package Production
Ralph Blane   Composer
Tim Veazey   Composer
Traditional   Composer
John Thomas   Engineer
Nelly Neben   Management
Lynn Keller   Choir Arrangement
Angela Carole Brown   Graphic Design
Katherine K. Davis   Composer
J. Javits   Composer
John McDuffie   Engineer,Choir Arrangement
Dick Smith   Composer
Jeff Neben   Management
Anthony Springer   Composer
Rose Corpuz   Director
Sara Landas   Band Photo

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